• baby getting head measured
  • washing hands with soap and water
  • food safety inspection
  • mom kissing smiling baby
  • nurse taking blood pressure
  • three older ladies exercising
  • immunization in arm
  • various foods

Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

  • Every day, over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned.
  • Thankfully, there are ways you can help protect the children you love from burns.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home. Test your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working properly.
  • Create and practice a family fire escape plan. Make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of every room and identify a central meeting place outside.
  • Use safe cooking practices, such as never leaving food unattended on the stove.
  • Set your water heater's thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

  Health Update

Car seats and winter coats don’t go together!

As a general rule, bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat.  In a car crash, fluffy padding immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness.  A child can then slip through the straps and be thrown from the seat.